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RVA Beer Explorer

RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

A look at what’s happening in the Richmond World of Beer or at least the events we think you shouldn’t miss.





September Bottle Share – The Hop and Cannon & Draw, Thursday

Bottle Shares are a great chance to find a new favorite beer or sing the praises of your favorite underappreciated beer.

The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer is having our first Monthly Bottle Share in partnership with Canon & Draw Brewing Company! We’l be having these bottle shares on the last THURSDAY of EVERY month!

Following the bottle share we’ll all walk over to Canon & Draw for a nightcap round and discuss some of our favorite beers from the share.

Bring your fresh, cellared, interesting, intriguing, old time favorite, current favorite, any craft beer to share!

Limited tasting glassware will be available for purchase for $4 at the bottle share.

3rd Annual Battle of the Brews! – Westchester Commons Sedona Taphouse, Saturday

The only good time to head to the mall is when there is a bunch of beer to drink.

It’s back and BIGGER than ever…Join us for our 3rd Annual Battle of the Brews at Westchester Commons on Saturday, September 29th!

Entry is FREE — pay to drink and eat!

Help us decide which brewery will receive a dedicated tap for the next 6 months! We are featuring beers from your favorite brewing companies:

Ardent Craft Ales
Center of the Universe Brewing
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Kindred Spirit Brewing
O’Connor Brewing Co.
Steam Bell Beer Works
Stone Brewing
Triple Crossing Beer

Featuring LIVE MUSIC by SpudCracker and The Mad Children!

Oyster Roast – Veil Brewing Co., Saturday

As the name implies there will be plenty of oysters but there will also be food for those of us that are mollusk wary.

The Veil Brewing Co presents…. Oyster Roast 🌊
Saturday, September 29th from 12-8pm we will have Ruby Salts Oyster Company and LOWCO Eatery bringing you delicious oysters! 🤤

Raw Oysters shucked by Ruby Salts Oysters with Fried and Smoked Ruby Salts Oysters done by LOWCO Eatery.

Ruby Salts are raised in Cherrystone Creek on the lower Eastern Shore, where the Chesapeake meets the Atlantic.

All shells will be recycled by @vaoystershell

We will also be celebrating the release of Unloved, our apple brandy aged imperial oyster stout that is sure to rock yo taste budsss 👅 We will see you there muh dudes 🤙

2018 Miss Pinup RVA Competition – Hardywood (Ownby Lane), Sunday

This is not your typical beauty contest. The panel of qualified pinup culture experts will be looking for poise, presentation, positivity, retro-pinup aesthetic, and charisma. Also this event is open to all genders.

Calling all Pinups! Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Boom Boom Basics Burlesque & Performing Arts Studio are teaming up to present the 2018 Miss Pinup RVA competition! The 3rd annual event is FREE to attend and features a full day of festivities & fun for the whole family!

Come on out Sunday, September 30th to enjoy a local vendor market, an antique car show presented by River City Bombshells, food trucks, kids fashion show, LIVE music from Weeping Molly and DJ Sean Lovelace, and of course…witness all of the 2018 contestants compete to win the title of “Miss Pinup RVA 2018!”

This year all non-operational proceeds of the day’s raffle sales, beer sales, competition, vendor and car show registrations will be donated to Safe Harbor RVA!

Enjoy a beer while you support a great cause, body positive pinup artists, and local businesses!


Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA – Three Notch’d Collab House, Thursday

Join us this Thursday for our new beer release with pint specials until 7pm. This is our second year collaborating with Three Notch’d and we are very excited about this year’s brew, a blood orange IPA. We’ll have lots of giveaways, characters and a few surprises. All are welcome!

Scream Forest Blood Orange IPA
ABV: 6.9
IBU: 40
Collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park

Brewed in collaboration with Creepy Hollow Scream Park, “Scream Forest” is bursting with blood orange flavor. We dry hopped with Mosaic hops to serve as a nice base for the blood orange added right beforekegging for the freshest taste. This IPA is bloody delicious.

Nightlands Release – Triple Crossing (Foushee Street), Friday

Nightlands 10% Imperial Stout w/Coffee and Chocolate

Our Nightlands Imperial Stout conditioned on single source Columbian Coffee from Ironclad Coffee Roasters and a healthy addition of cacao nibs. We notice bright fresh roasted whole bean coffee with a deep undercurrent of dark cocoa. This will be available on draft and crowlers (no limit). Below is more information about the coffee and the farmer Adolofo.

Lodestar Double IPA Release – Final Gravity, Friday

Let Final Gravity’s newest release, Lodestar Double IPA, guide you to flavors of citrus, peach, and lemon from the abundance of Galaxy and Mosaic hops. If after a hard week you feel you’ve lost your way, know there is a beacon of golden light shining from a beer glass right here to keep you on course.


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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.